English Proficiency Requirements

Johnson & Wales University recognizes a number of examinations as proof of English proficiency. Acceptable proof of English proficiency may include 1 of the following comparable English proficiency examinations or qualifications. English proficiency examinations cannot be older than 2 years.

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)53*
IELTS6.0 (UG)/6.5 (GRAD)**
TOEFL iBT75 (UG)/80 (GRAD)***
TOEFL PPT 550****
ELS Level 112Transcript
Completion of Advanced Level with Kaplan (UG)Transcript
Completion of Proficient Level with Kaplan (GRAD)Transcript
Completion of C1 Level with EF Education First (UG)Transcript
Completion of C2-1 Level with EF Education First (GRAD)Transcript
City & Guilds Pitman ESOL ExaminationsHigher Intermediate or Expert Level
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, Edexcel)C1 or C2 Level
LTE (The London Tests of English)Level 4 (Advanced)
MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery)77
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing500
ACT English Language Arts19 (average of English scores)
ACT English and ReadingSection scores of 19 in each
S.T.E.P. Eiken (Society for Testing English Proficiency)Grade 1
For Undergraduate Programs Only
GCSE, Singapore, CIE IGCSE O LevelsGrade C or higher in English
International BaccalaureateGrade of 4 or higher in English SL/HL (Syllabus A)
Malaysia SPMGrade of C6 or higher in 1119 English
Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)Grades I–III in English Language
Sweden Upper Secondary CertificateGrade of C or higher in English A and B
Norway Upper Secondary CertificateGrade of 3 or higher in English
West African Secondary Certificate (WAEC)Grade of B4 or higher in English
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)Grade of 8/B- or higher in English

Recommended sub-scores of 43 for undergraduate and graduate programs


Recommended sub-scores of 5.5 or higher for undergraduate programs and 6.0 or higher for graduate programs


Recommended sub-scores of 15 or higher for undergraduate programs and 18 or higher for graduate programs


Recommended sub-scores of 48 or higher for undergraduate and graduate programs

Applicants from the following countries where English is the official language and the primary language of instruction (and submit an official transcript from an accredited/recognized institution from one of these countries) are not required to submit English language test scores:

  • Anguilla (ANG)
  • Antigua & Barbuda (ANT)
  • Australia (AUS)
  • Bahamas (BAH)
  • Barbados (BAR)
  • Bermuda (BER)
  • British Virgin Island (BVI)
  • Canada (except Quebec) (CAN)
  • Cayman Island (CAY)
  • Dominica (DOM)
  • Falkland Island
  • Fiji (PJI)
  • Gibraltar (GIL)
  • Grenada (GRN)
  • Guam (GUM)
  • Guyana (GUY)
  • Ireland (IRE)
  • Jamaica (JAM)
  • Kiribati (KIR)
  • Malta (MLT)
  • Marshall Islands (MRI)
  • Micronesia, Fed States (MIC)
  • Montserrat (MNT)
  • New Zealand (NWZ)
  • Nigeria (must have completed academic study within 2 years of starting at JWU)
  • Scotland (SCO)
  • Seychelles (SEV)
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts & Nevis (STR)
  • St. Lucia (STL)
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (STV)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (TRT)
  • Turks and Caicos Island (TCI)
  • United Kingdom (UNK)
  • Virgin Islands

Other English language examination results will also be considered, and experience studying in the English language, as documented through school transcripts, will be taken into consideration.

Students may be exempted from individual ESL classes based on their individual test section scores. Individual section scores and total scores must also meet minimum score requirements; Johnson & Wales University also reserves the right to require a student to take ESL classes to increase proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores.